Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Adai ~ Dhal Dosa ~ Savory Rice and lentil crepes

Adai is a savory crepe made with rice,lentils and spices and is a time tested recipe made in a lot of south indian homes.I have made it numerous times and always enjoy the dish.This is not only very tasty but also extremely nutritious, it provides a good source of protein since it contains three different type of lentils.I tried substituting brown rice instead of white rice recently and was blown away at the results.The final dish was indescribably soft and delicious.I have since used only brown rice in this dish.

Adai ~ Dhal Dosa ~ Savory Rice and lentil crepes

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Ingredients and method to make Adai

1 cup long grain brown rice ( or white rice ) (chawal/ arisi)
1/2 cup split pigeon peas (tur dhal/ tuvaram parappu)
1/2 cup split black gram lentil ( udad dhal/ ulatham parappu)
1/2 cup split chick pea lentil (channa dhal / kadalai parappu)
6 small Thai or Indian green chillies (or according to taste) (hara mirch/ pachai molagai)
6 whole red chillies ( or according to taste) (lal mirch/ molagai vathal)
1 tsp chopped ginger (adrak/ inji)
1 stalk curry leaves (kadi patha/ karvapillai)
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder (hing/perungayam)
salt to taste ( I use about 3 tsp )

sesame oil (til ka tel/ nalla ennai) a little to shallow fry the adai

Soak the rice and the dhals for a minimum of 2 hours.Grind finely in batches with the curry leaves,green chilies,red chilies and ginger reasonably fine.For this particular dish it does not need to be ground very fine,the lentils and rice should look a little like medium rava ( semolina).Pour water while grinding.The batter should be not too thick not too thin.Should be about dropping consistency.

Place a tawa (griddle) on the stove.Heat.Pour small amount of batter and spread,spread thin if you like thin and crispy style pancake or a little thicker if you like softer ones.Pour about 1/4 tsp of sesame oil on the side facing up.Let the bottom brown slightly,then turn and cook the other side.Serve hot with honey.

The balance of the batter can be stored in the refrigerator for a period of 4-6 days easily and the adai can be made fresh and hot as needed.

It surprises a lot of people to partner honey with this dish,but in our home we have always had adai with honey and it goes very well together,the sweetness of the honey a good counterpoint to the spices in the adai itself.

Yields approximately 20 medium sized adai's

Notes :
With these proportions this pancake is about medium spicy.
Do note though that different green chillies and red chillies impart different levels of spiciness so do use the spices according to individual tastes.

 If you are looking for Adai/ Dhal dosa recipes, here are a few more

Barley oat Adai ~ Dhal Dosa with barley

Cracked Wheat and Oat Adai ~ Dalia Dhal Dosa

Keerai Oat Barley Adai ~ Palak Dhal Dosa


Unknown said...

oooh I love this dosa:) it looks so crispy and yummy:)

Beyond Curries said...

Usha, I also make adais with brown rice. It comes out so well, right! Yours has got the perfect color. Came here to check the sabooana dosa recipe. Going to make it tomorrow. Will let you know the result.

Chowder Singh said...

I somehow always thought that ada/adai were translucent squares of rice sheets meant for thickening payasam. Obviously not.

Usha said...

Thanks Roopa. Thanks Madhuram, hope you enjoyed the adai :)

@ Chowder Singh, the adai you are referring to is made with boiled rice soaked, then ground to a fine batter then steamed and cut into little squares then used in payasam called pal adai pradaman.

This adai is a preparation more on the lines of dosai with the difference that this one uses more than one kind of lentil and tends to be a little more heavy. I have no idea why both these things are called adai, but they are :)

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